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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Tracy Marrs Date: September 22, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

In California, more than two-million students annually enroll in a community college to achieve a specific goal. Historically, completion rates for these students show that less than half will achieve their intended goal within six years from the day they begin attending classes. The combination of reasons for not completing the transformational journey of academic…


Candidate: Chad Kreutzinger Date: August 30, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm

Friedrich Nietzsche was as much a guide for C. G. Jung through the underworld of the unconscious as Virgil was for Dante. With the publication of Jung’s The Red Book and its notable parallels to, and even inspiration from, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, a new survey of the psyche opens. Both Jung and Nietzsche detailed…


Candidate: Sea Gabriel Date: August 25, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

This dissertation argues that stories co-create culture and gird cultural mythology, the storied spell cast over groups to enable cooperation: the superpower of humanity. The current mythological foundation is casting a curse of division that harms everyone, individually and communally, regardless of gender, as each person requires the gifts of both the archetypal masculine and…


Candidate: Sharon Myers Date: August 18, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

The purpose of this research was to examine available texts to discover the African American, former slave Sojourner Truth’s prophetic voice in depth psychology. A hermeneutic approach to the categories of Sojourner Truth’s religious dimension of the psyche, Sojourner Truth and individuation, and aligning Sojourner Truth with depth psychology were used in this qualitative study.…


Candidate: Robert Scott Date: August 17, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

The contemporary Southern California cityscape is characterized by urban sprawl, an ever-expanding and homogenized pattern of development where one subdivision looks just like the next and where suburban strip malls are surrounded by seas of asphalt parking lots. Complicating matters, (over)regulated standards for form, function, and uniformity lack respect for the landscape’s genius loci, or…


Candidate: Adrian Campbell Date: August 16, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm

Upon separation from service, many military veterans experience high levels of stress as they lose their connection to the tightly bonded, and intentionally collective, military culture.  This psychological stress may manifest in symptoms leading to diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety, and often includes comorbid somatic symptoms, such as chronic pain. This…


Candidate: Michael Hofrath Date: August 12, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm

The progressive escalation in military suicides, along with a substantial increase in posttraumatic stress diagnosis among active military personnel and veterans, has become a significant humanitarian, societal, and cultural concern. Such a defining moment illuminates the need for timely and innovative treatment approaches for combat-related posttraumatic stress. This research explored depth psychological practices within short-term,…


Candidate: Robert Stroup Date: July 28, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm

In this dissertation I bring into conversation the different understandings of the origin of religion put forward by Jane Harrison in her Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion, with those of foundational figures in the simultaneously emerging field of depth psychology: Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung. Harrison and depth psychologists sought not only…


Candidate: Elissa Hurand Date: July 21, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm

Adolescents are sent to therapeutic boarding school as an intervention for various behaviors that illicit concern from parents with the primary focus being removal from their immediate environment and forced to comply to new rules and expectations to correct behavior. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, the experiences of six women were explored to understand the psychological…


Candidate: Cinde Bauer Date: July 20, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm

The human/dog bond extends from prehistoric times up to the present, shaped by myriad spheres and an intwined destiny.  This work utilizes three disciplines, comparative mythology, psychology, and dog ethology, to explore aspects of this bond. In addition, this study considers how dog archetypal images of guide, guard, and healer inform the human/dog bond within…


Candidate: Dominique Yarritu Date: July 14, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

For millennia, women who experienced infertility or couples unable to carry a pregnancy to term were denied genetic parenthood.  Recent 20th century advances in medical and reproductive technologies, the creation of in-vitro fertilization, and gestational surrogacy have provided infertile women, men, and their partners the once unfathomable ability to parent children born of their own…


Candidate: Kira Celeste Date: July 13, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

One can argue that European colonial consciousness and its actions have caused more harm in the world than any other collective psychology. Grounded in the psychology of C. G. Jung, this research investigates the cultural complexes of white colonial consciousness and the possibility of finding healing for its dysfunctions through the tending of its psychological…


Candidate: Sophie Fletcher Date: June 7, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm

Physical touch is a universal experience that is vital for one’s life, however it has only gained research recognition over the past few decades. Three areas of touch research continue to be neglected: what happens beyond the obvious physical stimulation, the inherent bidirectional attribute of touch, and the embodied experience of those who utilize touch…


Candidate: Shane Surrey Date: June 2, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm

Few science fiction or fantasy franchises have seen the popular reception that Dragon Ball and its sequels has had and yet, its appearance in academic discourse has been left wanting. This dissertation attempts an initial in-depth analysis of the story of Dragon Ball and its sequels through a variety of lenses. It addresses the significance…


Candidate: Diane Eardley Date: June 2, 2021 Time: 11:30 am

Patriarchal relationships characterize academic institutions even today. Women who have attained professional success in academia often yield to their male colleagues. This dissertation explored repression of femininity and the role femininity played in relationships among women scientists in an academic setting. The research proposed a unique methodology termed the Integrated Method which was a synthesis…


Candidate: Tamara Nerdrum Date: May 27, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm

Music is pervasive in every culture. Nearly everybody listens to music everyday. Music helps people connect to their emotions. In this qualitative phenomenological study, the researcher explores the insights of people of different cultures, ages, and gender to discover how music can change mood. People connect events to emotion, which is easily extracted with the…


Candidate: Gary Ferguson Date: May 22, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

This five-week study compared somatic versus cognitive behavioral (CBT) interventions for (a) decreasing music performance anxiety (MPA) and (b) enhancing musical artistry.  The study utilized a mixed-method design introducing a new somatic intervention designed to help musicians create an emotional, embodied connection to the music being performed and to encourage musical communication.  The CBT intervention…


Candidate: Allison Blackwell Date: May 19, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm

This arts-based alchemical hermeneutical research used a depth psychological lens as an attempt to listen with the heart, to see through hearing and deafness into the archetypal resonance of personal narrative and shared story by engaging arts-based methods to serve as an alchemical vessel for transformation of the psyche. Multiple worlds (personal, interpersonal, cultural, digital)…


Candidate: Mai Lai Breech Date: May 19, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

The purpose of this research study is to examine a population of former foster youth who successfully attained a post-secondary education after having aged-out of the child welfare system (CWS). The goal of this study is to determine whether a deeper understanding of this specific population may lead to better educational outcomes.  C. G. Jung…


Candidate: Christy Gardner Date: May 6, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

This hermeneutic study was an exploration of the fecund relationship between Jungian depth psychology and phenomena experienced in flotation tank therapy, establishing an explicit bridge between these fields to answer the question: What are the archetypal themes, patterns, and motifs (implicit or explicit) in float therapy experiences, ranging from the terrifying to the paradisiacal?  The…